CMA’s Announce 2013 Conference Agendas

League of Railway Industry Women Educational Seminar Joins Air Brake, Mechanical, Locomotive Maintenance and Railway Operations Technical Sessions

Washington, DC – June 26, 2013 – The Coordinated Mechanical Associations – comprising the Air Brake Association (ABA), International Association of Railroad Operating Officers (IAROO), Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA), Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS) and the League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) have announced the agendas for their 2013 technical conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana in conjunction with Railway Interchange/2013, September 29 – October 2, 2013.

The ABA technical sessions, which will be held in room 132 across from Railway Supply Institute (RSI) Exhibit Hall, will take place on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1. Proposed sessions will include presentations from representatives from BNSF, AAR, Union Pacific, Kiwi Rail, Wabtec, GE, New York Air Brake, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. and Inter Swiss. Issues covered in the ABA sessions will include: Cold Weather Braking, Troubleshooting, Leak Detection, Wheel/Rail Wear, Life Cycle Cost, Improving Brake System Reliability, and more.

IAROO technical sessions will be held in room 133, and will include joint IAROO-ABA presentations prior to the ABA opening ceremony on September 30. Topics covered in the September 30 and October 1 sessions will include Managing Wheel/Rail Interaction Using Smart Locomotive Systems, Fuel Conservation Wireless Monitoring, Locomotive Cab Design, Ethernet over Multiple Units, and Using Computer Simulation to Assist in the Analysis of a Coal Train Runaway.

The LMOA technical sessions, which will be held in room 134, will feature reports and papers from the Shop Safety, Processes & Equipment Committee, the Diesel Material Control Committee, the Diesel Mechanical Maintenance Committee, the Fuel, Lubricants and Environmental Committee, the New Technologies Committee and the Diesel Electrical Maintenance Committee. Topics will include Proper Shop Torque Procedures, Latest Developments in Bar Coding, Logic Traps in Problem Solving, Standardized Fuel Testing Procedures, and Natural Gas Locomotives. In addition, LMOA President Brad Queen of BNSF will give a State of the Association Address.

MARTS sessions, held in room 135, will cover a variety of topics during its technical sessions on September 30 and October 1, including a NTSB Rail Division Overview, Interchange Rules Panel, Update on CEPM, New Safety Appliance Rules and Revisions, Protective Coatings Committee Presentations, Wayside and On- Board Health & Performance Monitoring, AAR Technical Standards, MID & Research, Canadian National Cushion Units, and Pipe Load. Speakers will represent NTSB, AAR, Railinc, TTCI, Union Tank Car, Amsted Rail, CN, Miner Enterprises, GATX, Sherwin-Williams, Williams Hayward Protective Coatings, CSX, BNSF, US DOT and others.

For the first time in 2013, LRIW will hold its educational seminar on Monday, September 30 in conjunction with the CMA sessions. Speakers at the sessions, located in room 136, will include Lisa Stabler, president, TTCI; Diane Baca, publisher, Trains Magazine; Tamara Mathews, director safety, health and environmental, Rail Works; David Cackovic, chief, technical standards and inspection, TTCI; and Nicole Brewin, vice president government affairs, RSI.

The CMA 2013 Technical Conference Registration Fee is $200 for CMA members signing up by August 21; after August 21, registration is $250. Access to the Railway Interchange 2013 Exhibition is complimentary with CMA registration. All CMA technical conference attendees are invited to the AREMA/CMA opening general session on Monday, September 30.


For more information contact: Amanda Patrick at or 202-347-4664.

About Railway Interchange/2013

Railway Interchange 2013, September 29 through October 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, combines the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)   Learn more at

About The Railway Supply Institute (RSI)

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) represents companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and transit industries. Since its founding in 1908 RSI and its predecessor organizations have delivered comprehensive marketing, government relations, business development, and standards and technology services to its membership and advocated exclusively on behalf of supplier interests in multiple industry coalitions, legislative bodies and regulatory organizations. RSI also supports and coordinates the educational presentations and programs of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA) in conjunction with RSI-sponsored trade shows. For more information visit RSI’s website,, or call 202-347-4664.